Lt. Governor to tour state for Buy Missouri Week

4 days 3 hours 16 minutes ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:59:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
By: Nikki Ogle, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – The first Buy Missouri Week starts this weekend.

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe will travel across the state this weekend to promote Missouri-made products.

The initiative was handed down from now Gov. Mike Parson to the lieutenant governor this year. Its purpose is to improve the state’s economy by encouraging consumers to shop local.

Kehoe said he was a fan of the program when Parson introduced it. He said he worked with Parson to introduce and pass legislation to start Buy Missouri Week.

“I feel it is important to keep promoting Missouri businesses and making sure Missouri consumers know what products are available on the shelves as they go out to look for something,” Kehoe said.

Kehoe’s first stop on the tour will be in Jefferson City on Monday at DeLong's Inc. He is set to also visit Columbia, Hannibal, Canton, Hamilton and Kingsville. 

According to Kehoe, there are 150 companies listed on a directory on BuyMissouri.net. During the tour, the lieutenant governor said he hopes to expand that. He said he will thank companies who are already registered. He will also stop and speak with companies who have asked for more information about the program.

The goal is to promote the website which features Missouri businesses. Companies are only eligible to be in the directory if their products have at least 51% Missouri content. Businesses are categorized by trade and location.

One of the seven Boone County businesses is Traditions in Woodworking. Owner Chris Heston said it is important to support small businesses.

“We employ people and we live in the community. So through Buy Missouri, other Missourians benefit, I pay taxes like everybody else. So it’s a good thing to buy and support your local businesses,” Heston said.

He said he interacts and supports other local businesses with his own, buying finish and wood from them.

“It’s that one dollar you spend is how many times that dollar is spent over and over again,” Heston said.  

He said it means a lot to him that Lt. Gov. Kehoe is carrying on what Gov. Parson started.

“It shows that they care and that they understand what the engine that drives the economy and makes it better for all of us,” Heston said.

Kehoe said the purpose of BuyMissouri is to promote local companies and what they produce.  

“It’s amazing to find out what things are made here that I never knew and that most people in the state don’t know or may hear,” he said.  

Kehoe said he encourages Missourians to promote local businesses all year, not just during BuyMissouri Week.

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) - A federal judge has dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. Daniels... More >>
18 minutes ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 6:57:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
FULTON - Two Columbia residents were taken into custody at a traffic stop Monday charged with the possession and distribution... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 5:27:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is talking about building two roundabouts on Nifong Boulevard in an attempt to reduce... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 3:35:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
(CNN) - Former Senate Intelligence Committee staff member James Wolfe pleaded guilty Monday to one count of lying to the... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 3:31:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – A walkway outside of the Royal Inn off I-70 showed signs of structural damage Monday afternoon and guests... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 2:58:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
(CNN) - It's been five days since Hurricane Michael decimated Mexico Beach, and dozens of residents are still nowhere to... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 2:30:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP)- New numbers show Missouri's Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill brought in nearly $8.5 million for her re-election bid... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 1:52:19 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mike Parson kicked off what he calls "Infrastructure Week" Monday morning at the Missouri Department of Conservation... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 1:26:00 PM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- A federal judge says Missouri has violated the rights of people serving life in prison without parole for... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 11:35:48 AM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY- A man was arrested and accused of trying to run over his girlfriend and son with a truck... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 11:28:00 AM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The Boone County Sheriff's Department is investigating a pair of armed robberies at convenience stores over the weekend. ... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, October 15 2018 Oct 15, 2018 Monday, October 15, 2018 9:54:00 AM CDT October 15, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop early Sunday morning, according to... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 10:05:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
SLATER - Gloria is a 2-year-old pit bull who was found near Slater, Missouri after someone shot her in the... More >>
22 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 8:26:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Missouri's Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley took a cue from President Donald Trump on Sunday and said... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) - For many, the fight against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation was about more than a seat on the Supreme Court.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 3:04:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) - Florida Panhandle officials are trying to figure out how to resume classes after Hurricane Michael damaged or destroyed... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 2:29:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Dozens of people gathered at Burr Oak Brewing on Sunday for the second annual Columbia Micro-Con. STL... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 2:09:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in News
MOBERLY- The Randolph County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect after an armed robbery at Dino Mart on 1634... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 14 2018 Oct 14, 2018 Sunday, October 14, 2018 12:41:00 PM CDT October 14, 2018 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 42°
8pm 42°
9pm 40°
10pm 39°
11pm 37°